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Monday, September 1, 2014



International Box Office: Speed Races Around the World

Need for Speed poster

Need for Speed performed a lot better internationally than it did domestically earning first place with $45.6 million in 40 markets. Unfortunately, $21.09 million was earned during its opening weekend in China. I say unfortunately, because studios only get about 20% of the box office haul in that market, compared to 40% in most other international markets and 60% domestically. It also earned first place in Russia with $5.84 million on 1,050 screens and in the U.K., with $3.35 million on 469. The surprise result came in Malaysia where it earned $1.89 million on 184 screens. On the other hand, the film had a trio of third place debuts in Australia ($1.38 million on 457 screens); Brazil ($1.29 on 335); and Italy ($1.07 million on 426). The film opens in Germany this weekend, while it doesn't open in Japan till June. It likely topped its production budget worldwide by Monday, so as long as its legs are not really short, it should break even sometime on the home market.

300: Rise of an Empire was right behind with $41.6 million on 12,500 screens in 62 markets over the weekend for a total of $159.6 million after two. Worldwide, the film has pulled in $238.0 million, which means it has likely already covered its entire production budget internationally and it should cover its global P&A budget shortly. There were no major market openings this past weekend, but it did remain in first place with $3.14 million on 460 screens over the weekend for a total of $11.15 million in Brazil. It also held onto top spot in Mexico with $2.89 million on 1,562 screens over the weekend for a total of $10.55 million after two. It doesn't finish its run till it opens in Japan in June, but the studio should already be happy with its box office run so far.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman slipped to third with $16.6 million in 61 markets for totals of $86.9 million internationally and $150.7 million worldwide. It's only major market opening of the weekend was in Italy, where it had to settle for second place with $1.13 million on 528 screens. Its best market was Russia where it earned second place with $2.34 million on 2,016 screens over the weekend for a total of $8.70 million.

Non-Stop remained in fourth place with $15.07 million on 3,758 screens in 40 markets for an international total of $66.62 million. The film earned first place in Germany with $3.65 million on 500 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $3.98 million.

Frozen returned to the top ten in fifth place with $10.4 million over the weekend for totals of $630.2 million internationally and $1.027 billion worldwide. It opened in Japan with $7.53 million on 598 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $9.73 million. Its per screen average and the market's historical norms suggest a long run in that market. Already the film has surpassed Alice in Wonderland and by this time next week it could be head of Jurassic Park for 13th place on the all-time chart.

The Monuments Men was next with $8.53 million on 2,636 screens in 45 markets for a total of $54.2 million after a month of release. Its best market was Australia where it earned first place with $2.10 million on 323 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $2.28 million. However, its biggest market came in France where it earned $4.07 million on 524 screens, but it only managed third place over the weekend.

Supercondriaque was one of two French films on this week's chart with $6.82 million on 1,178 screen in 4 markets for a three-week total of $38.67 million. Of this, $5.78 million was earned in 836 screens in its native France, where it has $34.92 million after three weeks of release.

The Grand Budapest Hotel rose to eighth place with $6.7 million in 13 markets for a three-week total of $20.1 million. It earned fifth place in Russia with $1.22 million on 554 screens. It held on very well in the U.K. where it rose to second place with $2.18 million on 372 screens over the weekend for a total of $6.86 million after two.

12 Years a Slave slipped to ninth place with $6.50 million in 66 markets for totals of $115.9 million internationally and $171.0 million worldwide.

Fiston rounded out the top ten with $6.30 million on 467 screens in 2 markets. This includes a first place, $6.21 million on 455 screens in France and the rest came from Switzerland.


- C.S.Strowbridge


Date posted: 2014-03-20

Movies 
 Need for Speed
 300: Rise of an Empire
 Mr. Peabody & Sherman
 Non-Stop
 Frozen
 The Monuments Men
 The Grand Budapest Hotel
 12 Years a Slave